Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a member of parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, has questioned the morality of minority caucus members who disobeyed the National Democratic Congress’s order and approved six of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo’s nominees for minister.
Following the events in parliament on Friday, March 24, 2023, Mr. Ablakwa questioned how privileged party elites could expect to be trusted if they couldn’t act honorably under pressure.
“The traitors should have mustered courage and exhibited a modicum of sincerity during our numerous strategy sessions by informing us that they disagreed with our fundamental objection to President Akufo-Addo’s misguided penchant for an obscenely bloated government”.
“No one is convinced that these fifth columnists acted in good conscience, with honourable intentions, and in the national interest. If they did, why are they hiding in rat holes and afraid to publicly own up and defend their treachery” he stated.
“As we struggle to rebuild public confidence in the NDC, may the treacherous elements be exposed and may the Good Lord forgive them their trespasses.
“If we cannot be trusted in opposition when crumbs are at stake, how do we expect the Ghanaian people to send us into government where we shall be entrusted with all of Ghana’s resources?
“If privileged party elites conduct themselves in this manner at the top, what are we inviting our party agents at the branches to do on December 7, 2024, when they are tempted?” he questioned.
The NDC had issued an order to its MPs in the minority side of the House to reject the nominees in demand for a decrease in the size of the existing government before the nominees were vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
Yet, all six of the nominees received a resounding majority of votes when the House cast a secret ballot on them last Friday, despite there being equal representation on both sides of the chamber.
But, Mr. Ablakwa maintains that the caucus members who upheld the party’s instructions deserve praise.
“I must, however, salute the over 90 gallant NDC MPs who refused to bow to Baal and kept faith with the suffering masses.
It is worthwhile pleading with Ghanaians to at least acknowledge that the vast majority of NDC MPs did not take part in this huge betrayal; this should provide some recompense and true optimism, he said.
He also questioned why, if the breakaway MPs believed their acts were morally right, they did not publicly express their disagreement with the instruction or stand up to defend them.
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